Performing Creative GIS

Authors: Philip Nicholson*, University of Glasgow
Topics: Cultural Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: GIS, critical GIS, creative geographies, creative GIS, practice
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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In this paper I will present and discuss a series of creative experiements that were undertaken as part of my PhD project on creative GIS. The focus will be a period of intensive making, that took place in my office cum art studio and a series of artistic outputs that emerged from this time. Here, I took a charrette-like approach, working roughly and quickly, to create one piece of work a day. Collecting, rearranging, doodling with technology, collaging, re-enacting, photographing, hacking, printing, and flicking through field note books all became part of my creative practice and contributed to the materials and documents that emerged.
The aim here was to address the call from critical GIS scholars (Sui, 2004) for a GIS that is more embracing of creative imaginaries, and in doing so echoes recent contributions in creative geographies. As such, I look to situate my artistic practice as a productive form of geographical knowledge creation (Marston and De Leeuw, 2013), and as an interventionary practice (Hawkins, 2015) useful – here – in unpacking the aesthetics of GIS practice.

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